I am Never Alone – Mark Aloysius, SJ

John 20:19-23, Pentecost How can we begin to talk about the invisible, intangible, impalpable Spirit of God? Perhaps we should begin with a very common expression we might have heard or even used ourselves: I still feel her spirit with me. We use those words to express that inexplicable but very real experience of feeling,…

Divine Mercy- Ernald Andal, SJ

John 20:19-31, Divine Mercy Sunday A week after the glorious solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord, we celebrate today Divine Mercy Sunday. But for quite a number of us, we go about this day with unexpressed questions in our troubled hearts: How can a merciful God allow the tragic loss of lives in another…

Waiting to Cross Over – James Hanvey, SJ

Not really a homily but a deep and insightful article on Holy Saturday that I thought was worth sharing.  Holy Saturday, 29th March 2013 We don’t know what to do with it. Somehow it gets lost between the solemn exhaustion of Good Friday and the excitement of the Easter Vigil. Yet it is not an…

What About Love? – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 18:1-19:42, Good Friday 2016 A little over a year ago, ISIS took a video as they incinerated a Jordanian pilot in a cage. My friends said that the footage was all over the net, but I resisted the temptation of watching it. I learned my lesson many years ago when a friend sent me…

Staycation – Mario Francisco, SJ

John 13:1-15, Maundy Thursday All gathered here could consider the next three days as staycation. We stayed to avoid traffic at expressways and airports as well as to save time and costs. Moving through everyday life 24/7, whether at work, school and even home, is tiring and burdensome. We all need rest of body and…

Fighting back with the Towel – Willy Samson, SJ

John 13:1-15, Maundy Thursday In boxing, when a trainer sees that his boxer is being badly beaten by his opponent, he throws a towel and the fight is over. Throwing in the towel then, is a sign of surrender and giving up. But in the arena of loving, it’s a different story. A towel around the…

Beyond Betrayal, Beyond Death – Arnel Aquino SJ

Matthew 26:14-25, Holy Wednesday Did you ever wonder if Judas is in heaven or in hell? There’s not been a few times when people have asked if I think Judas is in heaven or in hell—like what I think matters in the whole thing. “He betrayed Jesus and then killed himself, so he must be…

How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 26:14-27:66, Palm Sunday Two years ago, when my kuya called from Davao to tell me that our mom was rushed to the ICU, I hurried home. I was used to visiting patients in the ICU—like parents of friends, strangers I had anointed, priests. But nothing really prepared you for when your own mom was…

Wearing Eight Clothes – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 26:14-27:66 Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week – the summit of Lent. On this week, we remember the greatest expression of God’s love for us – Jesus dying on the cross for us, because of our sinfulness and unfaithfulness. To meaningfully commemorate the Holy Week and gain profit from this weeklong…

Divine Silence – Oliver Dy, SJ

Matthew 26:14-27:66, Palm Sunday Holy Week brings into focus that paradoxical interplay between noise and silence that make up the drama of human tragedy. The Gospel read every Palm Sunday provides the overview of the final moments of the life of Jesus that we are by now familiar with. He is cheered on by the…

Doodling with Love – Willy Samson, SJ

John 8:1-11, Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent When someone is doodling, he’s either bored to death or waiting for something or someone to come. When the Pharisees and angry crowd brought a prostitute to Jesus to be stoned to death as prescribed by the law, Jesus simply doodled something in the ground. For…

I Knew You Would Come – Fr Tito Caluag

John 11:1-45, Fifth Sunday of Lent Years ago I shared the story of two friends who fought together in World War I under the British forces. The story originally came from C. F. Andrews, an early 20th century Anglican priest, educator, social reformer and close friend of Mahatma Gandhi. “C. F. Andrews tells of two…